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Southern European Seas: Assessing and modelling ecosystem changes

Objective

The general scientific objectives of SESAME are to assess and predict changes in the Mediterranean and Black Sea ecosystems as well as changes in the ability of these ecosystems to provide goods and services. The Mediterranean and Black Sea will be approached as a coupled climatic/ecosystem entity, with links and feedbacks to the world ocean. The assessment of ecosystem changes will be based on the identification of the major regime shifts in ecosystems that occurred during the last 50 years. Mathematical models, validated and upgraded using existing and new observations, will be used to predict ecosystem responses to changes in climate and anthropogenic forcing during the next five decades.

The new data will be gathered during multidisciplinary; multi-ship oceanographic cruises in the Mediterranean and Black Sea. These will provide an overall picture of the Mediterranean and Black Sea that does not yet exist as well as essential data sets for model validation. SESAME will also study the effect of the ecosystem variability on key goods and services with high societal importance like tourism, fisheries, ecosystem stability though conservation of biodiversity and mitigation of climate change through carbon sequestration in water and sediments.

The innovative character of SESAME is reflected in the close merging of economic and natural sciences to study the changes in the western and eastern Mediterranean and the Black Sea within the period from 50 years in the past to 50 years in the future. SESAME will create a platform for disseminating the research results to all levels of society. It will stimulate and strengthen international cooperation in the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions through the participation of research organisations from Member States, Associated States, Associated Candidate countries, non-EU Mediterranean and NIS countries as well as international organisations.

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Coordinator

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Address

47th Km Athens - Sounio Av., Mavro Lithari
Anavissos Attiki

Greece

Administrative Contact

Evangelos PAPATHANASSIOU (Dr)

Participants (47)

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CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE

France

P.P.SHIRSHOV INSTITUTE OF OCEANOLOGY - RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Russia

ORTA DOGU TEKNIK UNIVERSITESI

Turkey

UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE

Belgium

CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS

Spain

CONSORZIO NAZIONALE INTERUNIVERSITARIO PER LE SCIENZE DEL MARE

Italy

PANEPISTIMIO AIGAIOU

Greece

INSTITUTE OF OCEANOLOGY - BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Bulgaria

ISRAEL OCEANOGRAPHIC AND LIMNOLOGICAL RESEARCH LIMITED

Israel

ATHENS UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS RESEARCH CENTER

Greece

BOGAZICI UNIVERSITESI

Turkey

NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH

Lebanon

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

SOFIISKI UNIVERSITET "SVETI KLIMENT OHRIDSKI"

Bulgaria

AGENZIA NAZIONALE PER LE NUOVE TECNOLOGIE, L' ENERGIA E LO SVILUPPO ECONOMICO SOSTENIBILE

Italy

FONDAZIONE ENI ENRICO MATTEI

Italy

INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE-DEZVOLTARE PENTRU GEOLOGIE SI GEOECOLOGIE MARINA

Romania

INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE RECHERCHE POUR L'EXPLOITATION DE LA MER

France

A.O. KOVALEVSKIY INSTITUTE OF BIOLOGY OF SOUTHERN SEAS - UKRANIAN NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Ukraine

INSTITUT ZA OCEANOGRAFIJU I RIBARSTVO

Croatia

ISTITUTO SUPERIORE PER LA PROTEZIONE E LA RICERCA AMBIENTALE

Italy

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI OCEANOGRAFIA E DI GEOFISICA SPERIMENTALE

Italy

FONDAZIONE IMC CENTRO MARINO INTERNAZIONALE ONLUS

Italy

COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES - DIRECTORATE GENERAL JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE

Belgium

INSTITUT NATIONAL DES SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES DE LA MER

Tunisia

MARINE HYDROPHYSICAL INSTITUTE - UKRAINIAN NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCE

Ukraine

INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE - DEZVOLTARE MARINA "GRIGORE ANTIPA"

Romania

NACIONALNI INSTITUT ZA BIOLOGIJO

Slovenia

ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI GEOFISICA E VULCANOLOGIA

Italy

THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF OCEANOGRAPHY AND FISHERIES

Egypt

PANEPISTIMIO KYPROU

Cyprus

INSTITUTION OF THE RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES THE SOUTHERN SCIENTIFIC CENTRE RAS

Russia

STAZIONE ZOOLOGICA ANTON DOHRN

Italy

IVANE JAVAKHISHVILI TBILISI STATE UNIVERSITY

Georgia

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA

Spain

UNIVERSIDAD DE HUELVA

Spain

UNIVERSITAET BREMEN

Germany

UNIVERSITY OF CRETE

Greece

UNIVERSITA TA MALTA

Malta

UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE

Italy

UNIVERSITE DU LITTORAL COTE D'OPALE

France

CARL VON OSSIETZKY UNIVERSITAET OLDENBURG.

Germany

UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH

United Kingdom

CYPRUS INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT LIMITED

Cyprus

CLU SRL

Italy

SOPAB BREST SA

France

INSTITUTE OF INDUSTRIAL ECONOMICS OF NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF UKRAINE

Ukraine

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 36949

  • Start date

    1 November 2006

  • End date

    30 April 2011

Funded under:

FP6-SUSTDEV

  • Overall budget:

    € 14 794 318

  • EU contribution

    € 9 999 121

Coordinated by:

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece